Seems everyone is bazodee about “Bazodee.” The ‘Bollywood-style Caribbean musical' stars soca star Machel Montano in the romantic lead as Lee de Leon, a singer who finds himself entranced with Anita Panchouri, played by actress Natalie Perera.
It was a celebrity affair when the movie— originally entitled ‘Scandalous'—premiered at Movie Towne, Port of Spain, during the trinidad+tobago film festival 2015 [ttff/15.] Stars of the movie including lead actress Natalie Perera, Bollywood star Kabir Bedi and rising UK star Valmike Rampersad, along with Angela Hunte, cricketer Dwayne Bravo and a number of other local big names walked the red carpet.
Following a reception where patrons were serenaded with tassa and pan, Montano and some of his cast mates addressed the audience in Theatre 1 and 2 in Movie Towne. Stating that he felt proud of the moment, Montano praised the local cast for the professionalism displayed throughout the production process.
Following the movie, the party moved to Aria where Montano performed some of his hits.
‘ Bazodee' means ‘head over heels in love' according to Montano, stemming from the French ‘ abasourdir' meaning to be dazed, light-headed, “caught up in a magical moment that you forget everything else around you.” The screenplay was written by Claire Ince, a New York-based writer who won a grant to help make the film at the Bahamas International Film Festival's Filmmaker Residency in 2008.
“Drawing on the influence of Shakespeare and his familiar themes of marriage, tradition and destiny, [Bazodee] tells a universal love story played out at the intersection of Indian and African culture that is unique to the twin island republic [of Trinidad and Tobago],” says Ince.